Washington, D.C. - Tammy Dennee, executive director of the Oregon Wheat Growers League, Pendleton, has earned the Certified Association Executive credential.

The American Society of Association Executives reported the CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry. Fewer than 5 percent of all association professionals earn the distinction.

The Oregon Wheat Growers League is a statewide trade association serving the state's wheat and barley producers. It is based in Pendleton.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience in nonprofit organization management, complete at least 75 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must participate in professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management.

Approximately 3,300 association professionals hold the CAE credential.

The American Society of Association Executives is an individual membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing nearly 11,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in 50 countries.

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